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    July 7, 2011
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why many predict she will be let free and how she'll be protected if she is released today. the white house is getting ready for its big debt ceiling summit later today. this morning we are leshing what both sides will be bringing to the bargaining table. good morning, i'm eun yang. >> good morning, i'm joe krebs. it's thursday, the 7th day of july, take a look outside this morning. humid already. 73 degrees. at 6:00. tom is here for a look at our forecast for today. another summer day. >> we've had some fog quickly forming here over the last few minutes, and it's rather thick. in fact there's the view from the tower camera 300 feet up. i just went out and looked at the tower and the top of the tower disappears into the fog. that's the view from 300 feet elevation of the tower from our sky watcher camera, trying to find the sun. it is up now. there's a clear sky over the fog. and we have temperatures in the low and mid 70s flout much of the region. right now, 74 at reagan national. and you can see that light fog and haze over the potomac river. now, we ought to have some
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sunshine. by midmorning and the fog should be pretty much gone and we'll be near 80 midmorning. and near 90 by noontime, and clouds building during the afternoon, as temperatures climb low to mid 90s. storms likely popping up later this afternoon, into tonight. a look at your night planner at 6:11. danella, good morning. how's traffic? >> good morning, still have that report of an accident in landover road at fire house road. your lanes are all blocked. fire and police are on the scene. i'll keep tracking this for you and let you know when your lanes open up. show you right now, this is 270 at 109. still seeing major congestion as you make your way out of yourena and head towards clarksburg. i can tell you as you head further south on 270 your lanes open up and it's a smooth ride. but it's going to be a headache until you reach that point. let's keep going as we go down to 395 at seminary road. 395 north i see that congestion is building. but so far it's a smooth commute. joe and eun, back to you. >> thanks very much, danella. in three hours, casey anthony will be back in court for a sentencing hearing.
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she faces prison time, but not for the death of her daughter, like many believed. instead a jury found her guilty of lying to investigators. nbc's kristen dahlgren joins us now live in orlando with more on the day ahead. kristen, casey anthony could be free today. >> yeah, good morning, eun. this could be the very last morning that she's waking up in jail. as you said, she was only convicted on these four misdemeanor counts of lying to police. she was acquitted on the murder charges, the most serious charges against her. and so, at 9:00 a.m. this morning she'll be back here in the orange county courthouse for a sentencing hearing. judge belvin perry who oversaw her criminal trial will be making that decision. each of those counts does carry a maximum one-year sentence. so the judge could decide to sentence her to serve those consecutively. that would be a maximum of four years. but he also could allow her to serve them concurrently, and then give her credit for time served. she's been in jail on these charges since october of 2008.
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so almost three years. so there is the potential that she could be released from the orange county jail today. we're expecting huge crowds out here at the courthouse as we have seen throughout this trial. many people still shocked that there's the possibility that casey anthony could go free today. eun? >> and kristen with all those people there, what about security this morning? >> yeah, that is definitely a concern. of course, there's going to be people here, there's a possibility the crowds could also gather at the jail if she is released today. and the orange county jail says regardless of whether it's today, or in the future, they do have a security plan in place. they're going to try to do their best to make sure that she is brought out of the jail in secret, released to a secret location. now keep in mind, there's been a huge backlash against casey anthony. some 17,000 people have liked the "i hate casey anthony" web page on facebook. she's already gotten death threats, so security is a big concern. >> kristen dahlgren live in
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orlando for us this morning. kristen, thanks so much. 6:03 is the time. today, president obama will press congressional leaders to bend in their current demands over the debt. the president is meeting with top leaders of both parties at the white house this morning. according to "the washington post" the president will propose democrats accept major changes to social security and medicare. in exchange the president would ask republicans to move off their no new taxes position. president obama is also urging congress to reach a deal within two weeks on raising the nation's borrowing limit. the deadline to work out a debt limit deal is august the 2nd. 6:04 now. d.c. councilman harry thomas is not commenting this morning on some questionable charges on a debit card in the name of a nonprofit organization he runs. the washington city paper just published the charges from the card in the name of team thomas. the group is supposed to introduce underprivileged kids to sports. those charges were made between 2007 and 2009. they include, $143 charges at hooters. $278 at jimmy buffett's margaritaville in myrtle beach.
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nearly $600 at a hotel in little rock, arkansas. and $160 at a steak house in little rock. this comes on the heels of d.c. attorney general irv nathan's civil lawsuit which claims thomas used $300,000 in city money as a personal expense account. thomas denies the accusations but has stepped down as chairman of the economic development committee pending an investigation. one of harry thomas' colleagues will face tough questions today. the d.c. board of elections and ethics is holding a hearing in the d.c. council chair's kwame brown's campaign finances. brown's campaign committee is accused of failing to report more than $100,000 in contributions and nearly $350,000 in expenditures. the ethics board confined brown the ethics board can fine brown or refer the matter to the u.s. attorney's office for possible criminal charges. vincent gray is urging the board for the dulles metro
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station to build it above ground. gray once supported an underground station but now says that is just too expensive. he said the $300 million price tag would jeopardize the entire rail extension out to dulles. gray, who is a democrat, said he made the decision after talking extensively with republican virginia governor bob mcdonald. breaking news in malaysia. police freed 30 students and four teachers held hostage by a man with a machete at a kindergarten class. police stormed the building, and reportedly shot the man in the head. all the hostages are safe after the nearly seven-hour standoff. it is 6:06 now. 73 degrees. a deadly attack inside a national park.
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try, try again. the nats' michael morse sprinted home from third during a pitch that was supposed to be a squeeze play, but the batter didn't know the squeeze was on, he swung and fouled the ball off. he missed the charging morse, though, luckily. the nats weren't ready to give up. they tried the same stunt later in that at-bat and executed it perfectly. more scoring what turned out to be the game-winning run. the nationals beat the chicago cubs 5-4.
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good for them. >> uncomfortably close, though. >> the squeeze -- the suicide squeeze is always scary. >> michael morse is a big guy. look at that soupy sky, joe. >> that is really a mess. let's go to tom kierein. we've got fog and humid. >> and dim sun. and that's some fog. right now. we have had it thickening up over the last few hours. so watch out for that. there's some patchy fog around and temperatures in the low to mid 70s. right now, 74 at reagan national. we'll have this patchy fog about us for the next few hours. and then we'll get some sunshine over right now it's clear over the fog. we'll get that sunshine breaking out this morning with hazy sun into early afternoon. we'll climb quickly. it will be in the upper 80s by noontime and low and mid 90s by midafternoon. it is going to be a hot and humid day. then late afternoon and into tonight is when we could get some scattered thunderstorms. some of which could produce some brief, very heavy downpours which may cause some quick, localized flooding. some small creeks and streams
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could quickly come out of their banks from some heavy downpours tonight. that may linger all the way until after midnight tonight. this threat of any storms. but then we should settle down by dawn tomorrow. more on the way on friday. we'll look at that, as well as fresh change for the weekend. and a look into next week. that will be at 6:21. danella, good morning. how's traffic now? >> good morning. so if you're in prince george's county northbound on landover road all your lanes are blocked as you reach fire house road. police, ambulance are on the scene. and just be careful as you make your way there. and let's head up to 270 right now. i want to show you 270 because as you're heading out of urbana and making your way towards clarksburg you are going to see some congestion in your commute this morning. let's take a look at the rails right now. some delays for you on the marc. camden south train 841 your delay is eight minutes and the vre fredericksburg line 302, your delay is ten minutes. i want to give you a look in d.c. and new york avenue. i am seeing some delays as you make your way from the times
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split to bladensburg road. >> it is now 6:11. 73 degrees. redskins fans always love to make fun of the cowboys. wait until you hear this story. my wife the dentist allows only one mouthwash in our home.
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6:14 now. a military chopper crash killed one marine, and hurt five others in california. this happened about 50 miles north of san diego at camp pendleton. a spokesperson says a helicopter was in a remote mountainous area where marines usually conduct training exercises. the five injured marines were taken to the hospital, but we are still waiting to hear about the extent of their injuries. a court ruling out in california may end "don't ask, don't tell."
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the federal appeals court in san francisco issued an order saying the military can no longer enforce the policy that bans gays and lesbians were serving openly. congress had already voted to repeal the policy. the people we spoke to say they're glad it is ending. >> i personally feel that your sexuality has nothing to do with your capabilities of being able to fight in the military. so i think it's great. >> your sexuality has nothing to do with you being in the military, your decision to serve. so if you want to serve, and that's how you feel, then, hey, i'm all for it. >> a department of justice spokeswoman says they're reviewing the ruling and had no comment on whether the department would appeal the decision. >> thank you, joe. 6:15 now. police are looking for that man who went after a speed camera vehicle parked on the side of the baltimore-washington parkway. the incident shut down the parkway for hours. police say the man walked out of a wooded asia just north of route 195, in anne arundel
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county. they say he hit and shattered the vehicle's windshield and started yelling incoherently at its driver. he then walked back into the woods. no shots were fired. the driver was shaken but okay. park police in yellowstone national park are investigating why a grizzly bear attacked a man and a woman, killing one and injuring the other. it happened yesterday morning as a husband and wife were weeking on wapiti lake trail which is in the eastern part of the park. park officials believe the couple may have accidentally scared the female bear and her cubs, which prompted her to charge, killing the husband and injuring the wife. a spokesperson says according to the report the bear acted normally to defend her cubs, and will not be euthanized. this morning lawyersor dominique strauss-kahn say that their client will not plead guilty to any sexual assault charges. "the new york times" reports his lawyers and prosecutors met yesterday, but did not talk about a plea bargain in the case. meanwhile, the d.a. denied a request for a special prosecutor. the lawyer for the hotel house keeper at the center of the case
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made the request after phone conversations between his client and the district attorney's office were leaked to the media. tippett's spiritual leader is meeting with some top u.s. lawmakers today. the dalai lama is in town hosting an eleven-day prayer service at the verizon center. later today he's scheduled to meet with house spoker john boehner and house democratic minority leader nancy pelosi. the white house declined to comment on whether president obama will meet with his holiness. jury selection for roger clemens' perjury trial enters its second day today. the former cy young award winner is accused of lying about his use of performance enhancing drugs to congress. his former trainer, brian mcnamee, told authorities that he personally injected clemens with steroids and human growth hormone. there are some big names on the potential witness list, including former sluggers barry bonds, mark mcgwire, and clemens' manager and gm in new york, joe torre and brian cashman. well, it will take more than just an nfl lockout to keep us from finding reasons to make fun
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of the dallas cowboys. >> yes. >> especially after this one. >> one of the cowboys' star wide receivers may want to step up his game with the ladies. roy williams came up with a very original way of proposing to his girlfriend. he recorded the proposal and then stuck it in the mail, along with a $76,000 engagement ring. well, she apparently wasn't swept off her feet by the gesture. maybe he song it. adding insult to injury, she then, well she kept the ring. >> and here's where it gets ugly. >> it does get ugly because he filed a lawsuit to try to get that ring back. >> well, eventually his now ex-girlfriend not only did she say no but i guess they broke up. found out now she says the father, who ended up with the ring -- >> her father. >> will then give it back. >> yeah. >> i wonder if they'll meet on a bridge somewhere, and do the exchange. >> what do you think he was
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thinking? like i'm just too busy to fly out and meet her in person. >> there's this big push now to come up with more and more creative ways to do a proposal. and maybe he just thought that this was really creative, and some of this guy friends said high, dude, that's terrific. try it. >> going on opposite extreme, though, i guess for the other one. my goodness gracious. >> well, it is pretty unusual. and now this. if you thought that was kind of stupid listen to this. the running of the bulls is under way in spain. thousands tried to outrun 12 fearsome bulls through the cobblestone streets in pamplona. no one was gored but four people were taken to the hospital. see, having a bull run over you with those charging hooves does not seem like a great idea. >> and it's a nine-day festival. this is not just one day. >> they're dropping like flies. >> they do drink sangria for the festival. >> you think that might have something to do with it? >> maybe. the festival begins with the sangria and then ends something like that. >> ouch. >> some people think it is just
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something you have to do. like a once in a lifetime bucket list item. >> yeah. well, it's not on my list. >> not on my list either, joe. >> could be once in a lifetime for anything. could be the final thing you do on your bucket list. let's go to tom kierein. >> good morning. i'm looking up at the sky. i just went out and took a picture of our tower and there it is. poking its way up into the fog this morning. and that was just from a few minutes ago. see that platform there, the tower on the right, that's where our sky watcher camera is mounted. now here is the view from the sky watcher camera. right now it's peering off into the fog. a little bit of sun trying to burn through that fog there. and it's going to be with us here for another, perhaps hour or two. so watch out for some patchy, dense fog, especially some of the higher elevations. right now 74 at reagan national. and we're in the low and mid 70s elsewhere. around the blue ridge and shenandoah valley, many locations there are near 70. around the bay, eastern shore, steamy there, as well. patchy fog over the mall, too.
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you can see some sun trying to break through the fog is not quite as thick downtown as it is in some of the rural areas. by 9:00 near 80. we'll have that hazy sunshine. near 90 by noontime. low to mid 90s, midafternoon and then by late afternoon into this evening is when we could get some storms, some of which could produce some heavy downpours and quick, localized flooding. so watch out for that. and that may -- that threat linger all the way until after midnight tonight. and then more on the way on friday, into friday night. some showers, maybe some heavy downpours tomorrow morning. as well as during the afternoon and evening on friday that may cause some localized flooding. and then we'll dry out on saturday, some sun back in the afternoon with highs near 90 and lower humidity. and a bit less humid, as well. getting more humid first part of next week. could get some storms on tuesday, then a break from the high heat and humidity on wednesday/thursday next week. danella, good morning. how's traffic? >> a little tough in prince george's county. i have all your lanes for landover road northbound at fire house road still blocked because of an earlier accident. be aware of that as you're
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making your commute this morning. and let's check out the beltway in maryland. 495 and colesville road. the inner loop and outer loop, fellow commuters on the road. but no accidents to report or major delays as of yet. that's going to change soon. let's head down to gw parkway. looking good, as well. and i want to show you this, this is 66 and stringfellow road. some of that fog tom was telling you about. as you're making your commute this morning, just be aware of that. give the cars in front of you a little extra space to avoid any potential accidents. joe and eun, back to you. >> danella, thanks a lot. >> 6:22. 73 degrees. the construction project starting today expected to slow down traffic in prince george's county. -dad, why are you getting that? -that's my cereal.
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this morning we'll learn the sentence for casey anthony. what will happen if she is allowed to walk free? and for the first time we're hearing from one of the jurors in the case. >> airport security alert. the new tactic terrorists are talking about as a way to put bombs on board a plane. good morning, and welcome back to "news 4 today," i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. it is thursday, july 7th, 2011. a live look outside at 6:29. it's 73 degrees. that is the washington monument. behind all that haze and humidity. is that fog, too? meteorologist tom kierein is here. he knows the answer.
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>> it's a steam path. >> a steam bath? >> the stepping into a steam bath as you step out your door on this thursday morning. right now, 74, steamy degrees at reagan national. and we've got the high humidity in place. and also some patchy, dense fog around. watch out for that. the temperatures are in just the low 70s throughout most of the entire region now. from the shenandoah valley to the atlantic beaches. however out in the mountains, western maryland, west virginia it's a bit cooler there. we do have a clear sky over the fog right now. and after it does burn off here in a couple of hours we'll get quite a bit of sunshine. right now we've got some light fog over washington. there's some thicker fog in some of the rural areas. watch out for that. it's patchy, hazy sunshine by 9:00, ought to be near 80. by noontime pushing 90 degrees. hot and steamy afternoon. then late afternoon into this evening, we could get some thunderstorms erupting. some of the storms, the main threat, i think, today is going to be just heavy downpours from some of these storms, rather than any wind damage. that would be from late this
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afternoon into this evening, we could get some heavy downpours and up to perhaps cause some localized flooding of some small creeks and streams. that would be late this afternoon into this evening. a look at your night planner. that will be in about ten minutes at 6:41. let's check the thursday morning commute. danella, good morning. >> i've been tracking this accident on landover road. at fire house road all morning. police are reporting that there was a fatal accident in which a pedestrian was struck. so if you're traveling northbound on landover road at fire house road, this is around the 7600 block. all your lanes are going to be closed while they launch their investigation. so expect delays and try to avoid this area if possible while they're investigating. i want to take you up to 270 right now. major delays here as you're making your way out of clarksburg. but the good news is, is once you pass 109 and make your way further south on 270, the road opens up, and it is a smooth ride. and i want to take you to 395 north of duke street. it is getting congested there,
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as well. eun, back to you. >> danella, thank you. you may want to avoid branch avenue in southeast washington for the next couple of days. it will be closed at pennsylvania avenue so crews can rebuild the roadway. news four's megan mcgrath is there live this morning. megan, good morning to you. >> well, good morning, eun. this is going to be a problem for people who travel on branch avenue right here at the intersection of pennsylvania avenue. take a look at the construction equipment we've got here on pennsylvania avenue. this is all a part of an ongoing construction project, it's been going on for quite some time. you can see that the roadway is really torn up here. we have a lot of equipment. we have uneven pavement. we've got construction barrels and the like. now, what is going to be happening here is they're going to be moving this project along to the intersection of pennsylvania avenue, and branch avenue. a very, very busy intersection. if you travel through the area, you know that. unfortunately, they're not going to be able to do the work that they need to do while keeping branch avenue open. so starting at 10:00 a.m. this morning they are going to close
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down branch avenue on both sides of pennsylvania avenue. going to affect about a 100-foot section of branch on either side. that's going to remain the case until monday morning at 5:00 a.m. so you're not going to be able to access branch avenue from pennsylvania avenue for the next couple of days, and you could bet that's going to be a problem for a lot of folks. >> all right, megan mcgrath live in southeast this morning. thank you. more from overnight. take a look at this video out of wheaton in montgomery county this morning. the driver of this car crashed into samantha's diner and bakery on university boulevard, leaving behind a great big hole in the side of the building. the driver was taken to the hospital and we're waiting to hear what may have led to the crash. at 9:00 this morning all eyes go back to orlando for what could be the end of the casey anthony trial of the florida mother is scheduled to be sentenced on misdemeanor charges of lying to investigators. those were the only charges the jury found her guilty of in the trial in the death of her 2-year-old daughter caylee.
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anthony was acquitted on the more serious charges of murder and child abuse. local defense attorney renee sadler talked to news 4 last night and 11:00 and said casey could be a free woman by this afternoon. >> what a fully expect tomorrow is that the judge will release miss anthony, and set her free. she served about three years in jail. and it's time to move on from this. >> and casey anthony may get out of jail but she could be back in court soon to face a new lawsuit. zenaida gonzalez is suing her for defamation. back in 2008, anthony claimed a baby-sitter of the same name kidnapped her daughter caylee. gonzalez says that claim ruined her represent u tigs. meanwhile we're learning more about how the jury in the casey anthony trial came to reach its not guilty verdict on the murder and child abuse charges. one of the jurors involved in deliberations gave an exclusive interview to abc news. >> there wasn't enough evidence, there wasn't anything strong enough to say exactly -- i don't think anyone in america could
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tell us exactly how she died. if you put, even just the 12 jurors in one room with a piece of paper, write down how caylee died. nobody knows. we'd all be guessing. we have no idea. it doesn't feel good. it was a horrible decision to have to make. but i had to do it based on the law. >> meanwhile, police in orlando are investigating death threats against casey's parents, george and cindy anthony. officers have been camped outside their home. investigators would not say how many threats the family has received. president obama is pressing congressional leaders to consider a far-reaching debt reduction plan. the president is meeting with top leaders of both parties at the white house this morning. according to "the washington post," the president will propose that democrats accept some major changes to social security and medicare. in exchange the president will ask republicans to move off of their no new taxes position. up until now republicans refused to go along with any plan that raises any taxes. but democrats demanded a deal that combines cuts with new revenue.
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>> the president said he prefers a big package. we all do. >> pay up. stop this millionaire protection ring that's operating right now. >> president obama is pushing congress to reach a deal within two weeks on raising the nation's borrowing limit. the deadline to work out a debt limit deal is august the 2nd. >> right now, crews are working to fix a water main break in northwest. it's happening at the intersection of woodway lane and 49th street. d.c. water crews are working on a broken eight-inch pipe. officials say some customers may lose their water service. there's no word on when the water main will be fixed. 6:36 is your time now. the "today" show is coming up next at 7:00. let's check in now with ann curry to see what they're working on for "today" this morning. >> eun, it's great to see you. good morning. coming up here on a thursday morning on "today," will casey anthony be released from jail in a matter of hours? and if so, where does she go and what will she do? we're live at the sentencing hearing with complete coverage. also ahead, the latest on a
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deadly grizzly attack in yellowstone national park last night. the first one in 25 years. then jaycee dugard, her 18 year kidnapping ordeal. plus important health news for women. why more older americans are now suffering from eating disorders. and will and kate wrap up their canadian tour as they get set to take california by storm. that's when we get started here on a thursday morning on "today." eun, back to you. >> all right, ann, nice to see you. thanks so much. >> great to see you. it is now 6:37. nasa's unusual move. what it won't let stop tomorrow's final shuttle launch. >> talk about starting your day on the wrong foot. what metro says it is finding inside broken escalators.
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welcome back at 6:40. nasa's final space shuttle mission may have to be pushed back because of bad weather. tomorrow's supposed to be the final launch of the 30-year
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shuttle program. no hail or other severe conditions are in the forecast. mission managers say the weather would have to get worse to call off the launch. up to 1 million people are expected to jam the area for the launch of the final mission. nasa says if "atlantis" isn't flying by sunday, it will have to wait until at least july 16th. hope all goes well. concern about weather down there. this is what the weather looks like right now in our area. a lot of fog and haze here in the region. 73 degrees. let's go to meteorologist tom kierein in storm center 4. >> and weather and traffic on the 1s at 6:41 now. patchy fog around. it is a steam bath you'll be stepping into when you head off to work this morning. right now in the low and mid 70s in virginia, maryland, the district of columbia and delaware. in west virginia and western maryland there it is in the 60s most locations. let's look at the sun trying to break through. a few breaks in the clouds there. and the temperatures by 9:00 should be near 80. near 90 by noontime. low to mid 90s, midafternoon. and then, late afternoon and
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into tonight is when we could get some passing thunderstorms. i think the biggest threat now for many storms would be from heavy rain. we could get some heavy downpours that may cause quick localized flooding. late afternoon and into tonight. all the way until perhaps after midnight tonight. this may continue into friday. we'll look at that, as well as the weekend into next week. that will be in about ten minutes. danella, good morning. how's traffic? >> good morning. fatal accident on landover road still blocks all of your northbound lanes at fire house road. please exercise caution and expect delays while police investigate. and i want to take you up, this is the beltway in maryland, outer loop of the beltway, you're slow from new hampshire avenue as you approach georgia avenue and 395, this is the perfect time to grab two of your friends and take the hov lane because you are slow as you make your way over the 14th street bridge. 66, you are slow, it's going to be stop and go for you as you make your way from the bypass to the beltway. joe and eun, back to you. >> all we've got to do now is
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find two friends. could be a long search. >> we are learning more about the iphone 5. what it will look like, and what it will have that the iphone 4 does not. >> then new alerts from homeland security. the bombs terrorists are working on that could get through security, even those new bod
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welcome back at 6:45. you may notice ramped up security at the airport this
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morning. new intelligence reports say terrorists might try to surgically implant explosives in the bodies of suicide bombers. melissa mollet is live at dulles international airport on how this could affect flights. good morning. >> good morning to you, eun. the next time you travel you may see more people being patted down, in the security line. you may see more people being questioned, and even the use of additional body scanners or other new technologies we have not even yet seen. now, under one scenario, a terrorist on board a u.s.-bound plane would inject a chemical detonator into the part of the body where the device was implanted. could also be radio controlled or set off by a cell phone. homeland security officials say there's no indication of any plot like this under way. but al qaeda associates overseas have been talking about trying to find a doctor to do this. body scanners cannot detect something hidden under your skin. but a plan like this could be difficult to carry out. that's because homeland security officials say it would be hard to test how the explosive would react inside the body, and how
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the impact might be affected, because of the body. reaction from travelers here at dulles is mixed. >> i think this whole idea of, you know, using your body to, like, destroy something is just -- is just unbelievable to me. especially like implants. >> and i think we've got the processes, and the systems in place to screen as best we can in trying to capture or at least identify this type of threat. >> now, airline flight into u.s. had been warned this morning. terrorism experts say this is just more proof that al qaeda is focusing on air travel. still live in front of dulles international airport, melissa mollet, news 4. >> melissa, thank you. flip-flops and sandals are the reason some of you will have to walk up and down metro escalators this morning. maintenance workers say that they found all kinds of items stuck in the steps, which used repairs and an inconvenience for riders. workers found the lost shoes at
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the foggy bottom escalators just this week. right now more than 100 of metro's 588 escalators systemwide are not working. later this morning, metro's board of directors will get a detailed report on repair efforts on those broken escalators. and this morning metro board will also hear suggestions for simpler station names. the transit agency is suggesting names to reflect areas where trains stop like u-street card ozo african-american civil war memorial station. instead of that mouthful the nation might become just u-street cardoza. the smithsonian might get national mall added to it to make the station more familiar to just occasional riders. the agency is also expected to shoot down the idea of selling naming rights to the stations. >> this morning we're still waiting to hear from d.c. councilman harry thomas over some questionable charges on a debit card in the name of a nonprofit organization he runs. the washington city paper just published the charges from the card in the name of team thomas.
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the group is supposed to introduce underprivileged kids to sports. those charges were made between 2007 and 2009. they include, $143 charges at hooters. $278 at jimmy buffett's margaritaville in myrtle beach. nearly $600 at a hotel in little rock, arkansas. and $160 at a steak house in little rock. this comes on the heels of d.c. attorney general irv nathan's civil lawsuit which claims thomas used $300,000 in city money as a personal expense account. thomas denies the accusations but has stepped down as chairman of the economic development committee pending an investigation. the d.c. board of elections and ethics will hold a hearing today on another d.c. council member. it will hear testimony regarding d.c. council chairman kwame brown's campaign finances. brown's campaign committee is accused of failing to report or substantiate hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of contributions and expenditures during his 2008 re-election campaign. the ethics board could decide to
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finance to the u.s. attorneys office for possible criminal charges. the montgomery county board of education will decide whether the county will have its first charter school. the board is expected to vote on two applications for charter schools. they would open for the 2012-2013 school year. one is for a montessori school for kids preschool to third grade. the other school would serve kindergarten through eighth grade. now may be a good time to buy that new car. two automakers are offering big incentives. danielle kennedy joins us live for more. >> good morning. that's right. toyota and honda are loading up on incentives as they try to boost sales following supply reductions from japan. the incentives include cash back and zero percent financing. toyota's incentive was 30% in june. honda's by 4%. although both trail those from detroit, the big three. more details are emerging about
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the next version of the iphone. "the wall street journal" reports apple has ordered key parts looking to launch the device by the end of september. it's expected to be similar to iphone 4 but thinner and lighter, with an improved 8 mega pixel camera. however, analysts are being conservative on sales forecasts. because they say it may not have the kind of major improvements or features to entice current fie kwon users to upgrade. >> danielle kennedy. thank you. preparations are under way for the royal couple's visit to california. they will land at the los angeles airport tomorrow. they're only in l.a., though, for three days. the couple is taking the extra measures to make sure they get some privacy. they have applied for and received permits to set up paparaz paparazzi-free zones. that means if the paparazzi get too close they will be arrested. meanwhile, the duke and duchess are wrapping up their visit to canada. today the couple will spend some private time at an undisclosed location for heading to calgary this afternoon. now, do you think the
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paparazzi will actually heed any of these warnings? >> oh, no. >> won't they find a way? that's what they usually do. >> 6:51. tom's here with more on the forecast. another steamy day for us. >> it is really humid this morning. temperatures around the region are in the low and mid 70s. so it doesn't feel that hot yet. but it is just so humid. we've got some areas of scattered low clouds, and there is a photo of our towers here in northwest washington. i just took that a few minutes ago. they're poking up into the fog. and the sky watcher camera actually is mounted on the tower on the right. you see that platform there at the lower part of your screen that has that little point poking off to the right. that's where the camera is mounted. and here's the live picture from that camera right now. and it shows the sun trying to burn through that low cloud cover. the situation around much of the region right now, we've got this low cloudiness and patchy fog. right now 73 at reagan national. low 70s. just about the entire region of maryland and virginia, eastern shore, delaware.
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and western maryland out in west virginia, though, a few locations there dipped into the low 60s to upper 50s. a little patchy fog there, as well. you can see over the fog we've got a clear sky, this view from space and we'll get that hazy sunshine through the morning hours. right now breaks in those clouds over the potomac river. a live picture from the city camera, looking off to the east. and by 9:00 we'll be near 80. by noontime near 90. hazy sunshine, and hot and humid this afternoon. low to mid 90s. then late afternoon into the evening. we could get some scattered thunderstorms. any severe threat from these storms will be in the threat of maybe some flooding from some brief chef heavy downpours. may cause creeks and streams to come out of their banks from tonight until perhaps after midnight as well as during the day on friday into friday night. then saturday will dry out, lower humidity moving in. sun back in the afternoon. highs upper 80s near 90. a bit less humid as well. getting more humid first part of next week, might get some storms on tuesday. another break from the humidity
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wednesday and thursday. back to you eun and joe. >> thanks very much. we have breaking news. police are on the scene of a deadly pedestrian accident in landover. that's in prince george's county. police tell us a man was killed walking across landover road around 5:30. the car that hit the man did stay on the scene. >> let's find out how this investigation is affecting traffic. danella sealock? >> if you're traveling northbound on landover road, be aware that all your lanes are going to be blocked as you approach fire house road. this is the 7600 block. avoid this area. police are launching their investigation. you have to give them time and expect delays. and i want to show you this right now. 66, if you're heading out of 66 east, you're slow from the bypass and this could be kind of stop and go for you as you make your way towards the beltway. here we're in the red as you reach the beltway. so delays there, as well. now, i want to show you new hampshire avenue, live look right out on to the beltway at maryland. you're jammed from new hampshire towards georgia avenue.
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in d.c. on new york avenue, you are slow from the times plant as you approach bladensburg road. eun and joe, back to you. >> danella, thanks very much. >> you may want to avoid branch avenue in southeast washington for the next couple of days. it will be closed at pennsylvania avenue so crews can rebuild the roadway. megan mcgrath is live there this morning. megan, good morning to you. >> well, good morning, eun. there's an ongoing construction project here on pennsylvania avenue. you can see some of the construction equipment. the road is pretty torn up here. a lot of uneven pavement. what they're going to be doing here ear the next couple of days is rebuilding the intersection with pennsylvania avenue and branch avenue. that's a major intersection. a lot of folks use it. starting at 10:00 this morning, though, branch avenue is going to be closed for about 100 feet on either side of pennsylvania avenue. so you're not going to be able to take branch and cross over pennsylvania avenue, or go down to wednesday and turn. 100 feet closed on both sides of
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pennsylvania avenue. this work is going to take awhile. they don't expect things to get back to normal until 5:00 a.m. monday. so the best bet, if you take this intersection, might want to avoid it for the next couple of days. eun, back to you. >> looks like a mess, megan. >> 6:56 is our time. here's a look at the top stories. one person is in the hospital after a car slammed into the side of samantha's diner and bakery on university boulevard in wheaton. no word yet on the victim's condition on what led to the accident. at 9:00 this morning, the sentencing hearing begins for casey anthony in orlando. she faces a year in prison for each guilty verdict of lying to investigators. a jury acquitted her on murder and child abuse charges in the death of her 2-year-old daughter caylee. president obama meets with top congressional leaders from both parties to hammer out a debt reduction plan. the president is pushing congress to reach a deal within two weeks on raising the nation's borrowing limit. the deadline to work out a debt limit deal is the second of august. tibet's spiritual leader is meeting with top u.s. lawmakers
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today. the dalai lama will meet with john boehner and nancy pelosi. >> and that is "news 4 today." thank you for starting your thursday with us. >> the "today" show is next. we'll be right back here tomorrow morning. i'm laura, and this is my cvs.
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